CHA News

CHA DataSuite Releases Quality Program Measure Trends Analysis

CHA DataSuite has released hospital-specific quality program measure trends analysis for the fourth quarter of 2019. This analysis is designed to provide hospitals with a comparative review over time of the quality data collected by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and published on the Hospital Compare website.

Updates for the Week of March 2

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has released the following information:

Submit Q4 2019 HCAHPS Data by April 1, 2020
VA Fee Schedule Available on the VHA Office of Community Care Website
April 2020 Public Reporting Preview Data Available Through March 10
Standard Elements for Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies (DMEPOS) Order, and Master List of DMEPOS Items Potentially Subject to a Face-to-Face Encounter and Written Orders Prior to Delivery and, or Prior Authorization Requirement.

DHCS to Reduce Disproportionate Share Hospital Payments

The Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) has announced it will reduce disproportionate share hospital (DSH) funding, which has been delayed since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. DSH cuts are currently scheduled to take effect for federal fiscal year (FFY) 2020 after May 23.

HQI/CHPSO Webinars Highlight Patient Safety Awareness Week

Much progress has been made in patient safety — between 2009 and 2019, the annual number of errors serious enough to warrant monetary penalties from the California Department of Public Health declined 27% — but more can be done. In recognition of Patient Safety Awareness Week, March 8-14, the Hospital Quality Institute (HQI) and CHPSO will offer five free webinars focused on improving the safety of the health care system and recognizing the work that’s being done.